Prior wants Aussie blood in upcoming series.
Matt Prior wants England to exact revenge on Australia for the years of hurt by ‘bullying’ the Aussies in the upcoming Ashes series.
The Aussies won eight consecutive Ashes series between 1989-2003 and, despite notable English success since, the wicketkeeper feels it is time that England settled some scores.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the Sussex man said: “I remember watching Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath, and the way they walked around and bullied England. Maybe it’s our time to do a bit of bullying.”
England have won three out of the last four series including a 3-1 triumph last time out in Australia and Prior feels that there is no reason why this domination cannot continue.
The 62-test stumper added: “If we prepare and perform as we want to, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t dominate Australia in these two Ashes series.
“You look at our dressing room and the skills we have in our team – batters, bowlers, the spin department, it’s all there.”
The South African born ‘keeper did sound a note of caution, however: “Ashes series are strange – there is no such thing as a weak Australian Test side and we will have to be on our game to do it.”
One thing going for England is the lack of experience in the Aussies camp. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey have retired, leaving a huge hole in the Baggy Green’s batting line-up.
The inexperience is something Prior is keen to exploit, adding: “It’s going to be a different Australia side, players like Ponting and Hussey can’t be replaced overnight and I know our guys will be relieved they don’t have to bowl at them again.”
If England can win both series they will be the first England side since 1890 to win four Ashes series in a row, underlining their dominance in cricket’s oldest rivalry.